Police to deploy all 6 DIGs for election monitoring says IGP.
· INEC, AIG task officers on democratic policing
Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has disclosed that all six Deputy Inspector Generals of Police (DIGs), will be deployed to the six geopolitical zones of the country to monitor the elections.
Also, 24 Assistant Inspector Generals of Police (AIGs) will be deployed across the zones, while more tactical personnel will be engaged in addition to regular policing to beef up security on election days.
Adamu spoke in Abuja at the national stakeholders’ forum organized by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where he assured of police preparedness to ensure smooth conduct of the polls.
He said all Squadron Commanders of Police Mobile Force, Special Protection and Anti-Terrorism Units will escort sensitive election materials to state branches of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Registration Areas, as well as accompany INEC staff and polls officials, especially National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members to their duty posts.
Meanwhile, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 12, Bauchi Headquarters, Baba Tijjani, has stressed the need for democratic policing to ensure transparency, accountability, and partnership with the people towards a violence-free exercise.
He stated this at a two-day capacity building training programme on democratic policing and elections security management for Bauchi, Yobe and Borno officers, where he assured that the police will ensure the conduct of free, fair, credible and acceptable polls.
Tijani, who was represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in Bauchi, Aliyu Adamu Alhaji reminded the officers to respect the rights of individuals, saying it is unprofessional to inflict injury on innocent citizens.
Meanwhile, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Ibrahim Abdullahi enjoined the police not wait for ‘orders’ when they see criminality at polling centers.
“If you see someone coming with a cutlass to harm an innocent citizen at the polling units, you don’t need to wait for any directives, the best thing to do is to curtail the act,” he said.
A resource person at the training, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu (rtd.), said the exercise was aimed at focusing on “skills, competency, and proper attitude to do your job to satisfaction of members of the public.”